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Miracles You'll See in the Next 50 years...  Written in 1950.  This is a really fun read.  They take the point of view of the Dobsons, a family living in Tottenville in the year 2000.

"Tottenville is illuminated by electric “suns” suspended from arms on steel towers 200 feet high. There are also lamps which are just as bright and varicolored as those that now dazzle us on every Main Street."

"By 2000, supersonic planes cover a thousand miles an hour, but the consumption of fuel is such that high fares have to be charged. In one of these supersonic planes the Atlantic is crossed in three hours. Nobody has yet circumnavigated the moon in a rocket space ship, but the idea is not laughed down."

It never fails to make me giggle a little when I read old articles like this from so long ago.  Their expectations were so high.  We did come far, and some of their old ideas have been far out done, and some we laugh at now.

Posted by Ensellitis @ 2/2/2007 06:00  |    6

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silent sniper (Level 1 Depressed) @ 2/2/2007 17:59
thats cuz it aint sposed to *reffering to ensellitis*

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Skull (Level 11 CEO) @ 2/2/2007 12:03
Ha.. great laugh. I love how they are deemed as 'miracles'.

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khorin (Level 1 Private) @ 2/2/2007 10:24
I want the cube or tablet that you can put in a microwave and out will come a full course meal!

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sedgemonkey (Level 11 Master Assassin) @ 2/2/2007 09:40

I love this kind of "World of Tomorrow" stuff.  

"Fast jet and rocket-propelled mail planes made it so hard for telegraph companies all over the world to compete with the postal service that dormant facsimile-transmission systems had to be revived. It takes no more than a minute to transmit and receive in facsimile a five-page letter on paper of the usual business size. Cost? Five cents. In Tottenville the clerks in telegraph offices no longer print out illegible words. Everything is transmitted by phototelegraphy exactly as it is written—illegible spelling, blots, smudges and all. Mistakes are the sender’s, never the telegraph company’s."


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Ensellitis (Level 11 Sensei) @ 2/2/2007 08:57
that doesnt make a single bit of sense...

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silent sniper (Level 1 Depressed) @ 2/2/2007 08:08
the farthest we've come to electric suns is global warming and the wii. lol.

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